Raise your hand if you’ve heard one of these three quotes before:
You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.
If you are the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.
If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
Now raise your hand again if you’ve heard it so many times it’s kind of lost all meaning. (I see your hand raised over there!)
Stick with me, because the last element of leadership self-care that I want to talk about this month is community.
(Missed the other elements of leadership self-care? Check them out here and here, and no, they don’t involve a glass of wine or a massage!)
Most busy leaders I know get their work done by operating in a bit of a vacuum. They collaborate with their team and communicate with other stakeholders closely outside the organization, but lack a community of peers.
In fact, I recently talked with a purpose-driven leader who said: I literally have no one to talk to about running my business. I can’t talk to my team, I can’t talk to my board, I have no one.
The best investment I’ve ever made into my business and my own professional development was a paid mastermind. These brilliant, high-achieving women from around the country have inspired me to play bigger and pushed me when I needed pushing. The ROI on being part of these groups has been incalculable for me, but you’re probably wondering: Okay, how do I find my own community or mastermind?
I’ve got your back, my friend!
Here’s three ways to create community to elevate your biz and life:
- Figure out the gaps. What type of people are you looking for? Other business owners? Other nonprofit leaders in your field?
- Ask around. Tell your friends and peers you’re looking for a mastermind or community. Leave a comment and tell me, as I may have just the group for you!
- Choose one inspiring person. Tell them why they inspire you, get on their email list, follow them on social, digest their content.